|Risk genes for Alzheimer’s and mental illness linked to brain changes at birth|
|Thursday, January 03, 2013|
Some brain changes that are found in adults with common gene variants linked to disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and autism can also be seen in the brain scans of newborns.
“These results suggest that prenatal brain development may be a very important influence on psychiatric risk later in life,” said Rebecca C. Knickmeyer, PhD, lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The study was published online by the journal Cerebral Cortex on Jan. 3, 2013.
CAROLINA IN THE NEWSWith exposure to babies, rodent dads’ brains, like moms’, become wired for nurture
The Washington Post
...Sue Carter, a behavioral neurobiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has spent her career studying prairie voles: “Sometimes they midwife the birth. They grab the baby and start licking it before it’s even out of the membrane it’s born in.” Carter’s studies, like Lambert’s, have found that virgin male prairie voles, when exposed to pups, experience a surge of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, the so-called “love” hormones that encourage social bonding, much as mothers do.